Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut in Bridgeport to receive $500K to help homeless veterans get jobs

August 15, 2022 at 9:36 p.mUpdated 20m ago

For: News 12 Staff

More help is coming soon to Bridgeport to help homeless veterans find jobs.

Heather Marquis, a worker at Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut, says that while she didn’t serve in the military herself, she has veterans in her family and holds their service in the highest regard.

“We are here, our freedom, our way of life is because someone decided to serve this country,” Marquis said.

That deep reverence for the people they’ve served is a fundamental part of Goodwill’s culture, Marquis says, from the stores to the services the nonprofit provides.

He was thrilled to hear that they were receiving a grant from the US Department of Labor for most of $500,000 over the next three years to help homeless veterans find jobs.

News 12 Connecticut did a story in 2015 on Russell Billingslea. The Bridgeport veteran was homeless until the story helped him find housing. He has lived in Crescent Crossing ever since. Goodwill also helps veterans find work.

“If you get a job, you can pay rent, you can take care of yourself, you can have some sense of responsibility and sustainability in your life,” Billingslea said.

As Goodwill prepares to find and help as many homeless veterans as possible, Marquis wants them to know they are never alone.

“There are options for them, that there is help, that there is support and that there are people who understand what is happening”, said Marquis.

If you are a homeless veteran or know someone who is, you can contact Goodwill at veterans@gwct.org. In-person tours are available on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at GOODWILL at 165 Ocean Terrace, Bridgeport, CT 06605.

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